Within two weeks of announcing his candidacy for president, Ted Cruz’s support among Republican voters has jumped by double digits in a new poll.
The Texas senator’s support rose from 5 percent to 16 percent in a little over a month, according to a national survey of 443 national Republican primary voters released Wednesday by Public Policy Polling.
That puts him in “top tier of GOP contenders,” PPP concluded, coming in third place behind Scott Walker, who led with 20 percent, and Jeb Bush, who had 17 percent.
Notably, Walker’s support fell from 25 percent, while Bush’s support stayed at 17 percent — a sign that Cruz may be siphoning support from the Wisconsin governor.
Behind Cruz were Ben Carson and Rand Paul tied with 10 percent; Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee tied with 6 percent; Chris Christie with 4 percent and Rick Perry with 3 percent.
Cruz announced his candidacy at the evangelical Liberty University on March 23.